On the ranking by the magazine Politico

7 December 2016 - International

Hoy la publicación Politico publica un ranking de personas influyentes en el que me han elegido como la quinta persona más influyente de Europa. Ante todo quiero decir que el sentido de estos rankings y encuestas es señalar tendencias, y sólo así quiero interpretar esta elección: no soy yo, sino el proceso transformador del que soy una de las caras visibles, pero que protagoniza la gente que lo está empujando desde abajo. No soy yo, sino el...

Barcelona against illegal coltan trading

14 November 2016 - Civil rights, Economy, International

Last night we travelled to the Congo for an hour with Salvados. Thank you once again, Jordi Évole and your team, for that bold and much-needed programme that enters our dining rooms and conscience every Sunday evening, showing how TV can be a tool for criticism and change. But being witness to horrors we are partly responsible for must not make us feel powerless or guilty to the point of paralysis.All of us, wherever we are, can act. On an...

5th UCLG World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders Congress

17 October 2016 - Habitat III, International, Municipalism

The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) network is the largest and most important international network of its kind. Over 100 cities from 127 countries, we are part of this network which represents more than half of the world's population.

The last few days have seen Bogotá playing host to this organisation's fifth congress, which concluded with the election of a new president. While I consider it an honour and responsibility to...

Joint Manifesto of Barcelona, Madrid and Paris

14 October 2016 - Habitat III, International, Municipalism

It is we, the cities, which are tackling the direct management of major global challenges, such as the fight against inequalities, the shortage of decent housing, taking in refugees and the fight against climate change. That is why we, the Mayors of Barcelona, Madrid and Paris, are forming a common front and as we go into the Habitat III conference we have launched a manifesto to insist our cities have greater international decision-making...

Chat with Anne Hidalgo

13 October 2016 - Habitat III, International, Municipalism

I'm travelling to Colombia and Ecuador this afternoon, to attend two important international summits. The first is in Bogotá, where I'll be taking part in the fifth congress of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the world's main city network. I will then move on to Quito where I'll be representing Barcelona and giving a speech at Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

I'll be...

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